Juan De Fuca Cerveza – Vancouver Island Brewing

From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “Juan De Fuca Cerveza”.  The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of  corn, biscuit malts and sweetness.  The flavour is of biscuit, corn, sweetness and a mild grassy hops note.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 19.  While I would assert that this is a well executed Mexican style lager I don’t personally understand the craft adjunct lager.

Commercial Description:  A craft take on a Mexican classic. This light and crisp artisanal cerveza was designed to explore new territories.

Hoser Lite – Firehall Brewery

From Oliver BC’s Firehall Brewery comes their “Hoser Lite” a hybrid lager with a lager yeast and an ale yeast blended and fermented at a multi stage temperature scale to benefit from both yeasts.  The beer pours a light golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of grainy malts, grass and a mild bite from hops.  The flavour is of grainy malts, grassy hops, citrus and a mild hop bitterness bite.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.3%.  For a low alcohol lager this beer has a lot of flavour.  This beer is aimed more at people aiming to try out craft beer without having a lot of bitterness.


Light Side of the Moon (Session Lager) – The Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery


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From Victoria BC’s The Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery comes their brand new seasonal Session Lager named “Light Side of the Moon”.  With the play on the name I thought it fitting to suggest a Pink Floyd song from their album Dark Side of the Moon.  This session lager pours a cloudy light golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of melons, orange, rice malts and floral hops.  The flavour is of oranges, orange peels, melons, malts, some rice and some very mild hops.  Usually I am down on the use of rice in beer as the beer is filtered to remove the flavour it brings on.  It is usually used as a cheaper malt but with this beer it is used well to add flavour to this low alcohol unfiltered lager.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.2%.  The flavour is light as to be expected with a session ale or lager but it is still very tasty.

Commercial Description:  Unfiltered craft lager brewed with rice malts and sweet orange peel for a dry, refreshing finish.  Welcome to the Light side of craft beer.

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